In my experience, most women are helping a chemical hand with fat burning. Most people generally consume fat burners and sometimes even go so far as to use thyroid medications or a nutrient-distributing agent such as Clenbuterol if they can actually get some of them.
However, the use of illegal anabolic / androgenic medications helps With muscle building or performance enhancement, there is often a practical, if not ethical, dilemma. Fears of unwanted hair growth, deepening of the voice, and prolongation of the clitoris keep most from even considering this path.
That being said, most women would probably not bother with a tiny anabolic buoyancy, assuming it was safe and legal has not caused the above side effects. Well, on the shelves of most health food stores, there is something that definitely builds a little muscle in women, definitely burns some fat and probably increases athletic performance.
The drug is the hormone DHEA and it can cause a doubling of the woman's natural testosterone levels within hours. While it generally flies under the radar, anti-doping researchers are sufficiently worried that it has resulted in a test that can easily detect their use in competitive athletes (1
Yet, this is a viable and legal option for millions of women who do not compete in an organized sport and just want to look and grow stronger. Too bad that it does not work very well for men, at least not as men would expect.
A drug that sneaks through a loophole
DHEA or Dehydroepiandrosterone is a hugely important hormone for women's health. Depending on the age of a woman, 75% to 100% of the estrogen in her blood – and about half of all androgens, including testosterone – are synthesized from DHEA.
Similar to other hormones, natural levels of DHEA are also included. Sulfate ester DHEA-S decreases with age, and it has long been suggested that supplemental DHEA levels restore normal levels and provide a good antidote. Aging strategy in general. However, there is more money for weight loss was marketed as a weight loss pill, as it first appeared in the early 1990s as an over-the-counter supplement. It has been suggested that the drug / supplement activates the PPAR-alpha receptor, which influences the way the body metabolizes fat.
Regardless of the mechanism, the FDA has classified DHEA as a prescription drug. The ban, however, was short-lived. Thanks to a loophole in the 1994 Dietary Supplement Health and Education Act, DHEA returned to the store shelves market, where it remains today.
Sorry, Guys. It is not for you.
Ironically, men were and are generally jazzed over DHEA supplements than women. They know that DHEA is also a precursor to male testosterone, and many men who are less familiar often think they've come across a miracle cure that legally allows them to build IFBB caliber muscles.
There are at least two problems with this thinking. First, an increase in testosterone levels would be comparatively low if DHEA was not taken in high doses.
Second, and perhaps more importantly, is that the male body sometimes converts DHEA into estrogen, preferably. This means that the high doses theoretically required for an anabolic effect would most likely lead to increased estrogen levels, which are counterproductive for both muscle and leanness.
But let's switch back to women
From the anti-drug researchers who were mentioned at the beginning of this article, they found out that a single 100 mg. The capsule DHEA led to a doubling of female testosterone levels for 24 hours. In addition, testosterone salivary levels increased 30 times baseline in the first 3 hours after ingestion of the capsule.
Compared to men, this increase in testosterone is relatively low. After all, a doubling of not much is not much. However, these relatively small increases in female testosterone levels would likely be large enough to result in slow but significant changes in body fat, athletic performance and muscle.
What does this mean for women
when only small amounts of DHEA are taken (100 mg) Most healthy women, especially women in their thirties or older, would probably lose a little bit of fat, gain some muscle mass, get a bit stronger and gain some energy.
It is also highly unlikely that taking such a small dose will have adverse health effects in the long run. Finally, the drug is still considered by the members of the strain of life extension as an anti-aging drug.
However, as always, more studies are needed.
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- Corinne Buisson, Claire Frelat, Kévin Private, Nicolas Martinat, Michel Audran, Katia Collomp, "Metabolic and Isotopic signature of short-term DHEA administration in women: comparison with findings in men. " First published: October 13, 2018 https://doi.org/10.1002/dta.2519.